Jesus brings an even deeper assurance to his disciples in John 10 than we find in Psalm 23. He says that he is the good shepherd who will never abandon them. The proof of this is his willingness to lay down his life for them. Here our Lord draws on the country image of a shepherd lying in the open doorway of a stone sheep pen to confront predators who could harm the flock. This image is the origin of the phrase “over my dead body.” Jesus is the sacrificial shepherd who guarantees the ultimate safety of his sheep, each one of which he knows personally by name.
Do you think of yourself as known and protected by God?
Do you have a flock to care for?